Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Homemade Butcher Block Conditioner

Rebecca's kitchen has butcher block countertops. Like wooden cutting boards, they need to be conditioned from time to time. The conditioners help moisturize and protect the wood from water and stains.

Look how dry this countertop looks!

She usually uses olive oil or this great commercial butcher conditioner. After looking at the ingredients in the commercial conditioner, we realized it was a lot like our lip balm - oil mixed with beeswax. We knew we could make a homemade version using the same process! You can use this on butcher block counters or your wooden cutting boards.

We got out our beeswax and olive oil. (you could also use mineral oil or canola oil) If you don't have butcher block countertops, you may want to halve the recipe.

In a microwave safe bowl mix 1 tablespoon of grated beeswax or beeswax pellets. Add a 1/2 cup of olive oil. Microwave for about 2 minutes - until the beeswax is melted. Let the bowl cool until it is cool enough to handle. Stir to make sure the oil and beeswax are well combined.

Pour a liberal amount of warm conditioner on the counter or cutting board.

Rub the conditioner with a clean dry cloth. Let it sit for at least 20 min. Then wipe off excess with a dry cloth.

Look at the difference! The top half has none. The bottom half has been conditioned. The color of the wood comes out and looks beautiful!

You can save any unused conditioner for future uses. (you may want to keep it in the fridge) As it cools it becomes the texture of petroleum jelly. In fact,, you can even use it like you would petroleum jelly! Dry wood wood or dry skin, this stuff works great!

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  1. i knwo this is a slightly older post but i had a question about this, actually more my grandmother had a question about this. I was telling her about this and she thought it was great except she says olive oil gets a stale smell to it after a while and was worried about her giant butcher block getting that stale smell to it. Does this recipe give this stale smell after a while or does the beeswax prevent it? im curious and hope you can help us with this

  2. This may render a nice, moist butcher block after application. But I've always been told never to use olive, vegetable, or canola oils to condition wood. The reason being that all of these oils will eventually spoil and become rancid... I'd suggest using the beeswax, but with mineral oil.

  3. Coconut Oil is the way to go. Olive Oil will eventually turn rancid.